Head of Archives and Special Collections

at College of the Holy Cross (view profile)
Location Worcester, MA
Date Posted February 4, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
Apply Here http://apptrkr.com/1384700


Head of Archives and Special Collections

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at the College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members--students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

The Head of Archives and Special Collections reports to the Director of Library Services. She/he is responsible for all planning, management, and leadership of the College's Archives and Special Collections and its work. The principal responsibility is to administer the ongoing organization of the collections in both traditional and digital formats. He/she is also responsible for managing all access and the preservation of the collections, maintaining adequate security and providing efficient reference services. The Head also takes the lead in supporting and promoting digital archives and digital preservation of institutional resources. She/he supervises all departmental staff, both professional and non-exempt as well as student assistants. He/she is responsible for the creation and management of the department budget. He/she oversees the departments' outreach which includes library and online exhibits as well as social media content. The Head of Archives and Special Collection department is a full member of the library team and participates in departmental meetings initiatives and library planning.

Major Areas of Responsibility

• Supervision of departmental staff

• Departmental planning and decision making and budget preparation

• Manages the organization of the collections

• Leads digital archives and digital preservation work including development of online exhibits

• Prepares appropriate level of descriptions for collections

• Manages preservation and conservation initiatives

• Provides reference services to all constituencies.

• Determines content and coordinates library exhibits

• Works with administration and academic departments to coordinate the deposit of appropriate material

• Keeps up to date in archival best practices


• An ALA accredited MLS, MA in Archival Science or equivalent.

• Three to five years of increasingly responsible archival experience

• Knowledge of current archival practices and familiarity with archival cataloging procedures.

• Experience with and knowledge of current digital archives/digital preservation procedures and technologies

• Experience supervising other library professionals

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• Ability to work effectively with people at all levels

• Ability to protect the confidentiality of materials in the collection

Additional Information:

This is a full time, exempt level position.

University Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,000 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 170,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to:http://https://www.holycross.edu/human-resources/benefits

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see http://www.holycross.edu/mission) and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit http://holycross.edu/diversity.

Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position has been filled.

To apply, visit http://apptrkr.com/1384700

The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (http://www.heccma.org) and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (https://new-england.hercjobs.org/)

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